Posts tagged as: human rights

Drowning in the Mediterranean: Tears are not enough

“Whatever mourns when many leave these shores; Whatever shares The eternal reciprocity of tears.” – Insensibility by Wilfred Owen (October 1917) Wilfred Owen’s poem dwells on the insensibility of civilians to the suffering of the soldiers in the trenches of … More →

‘Non-listening, non-seeing, non-feeling…’ – the migration crisis in the Mediterranean: information, discussion and debate

The Guardian newspaper captured the essence of the issue in its editorial of April 21st: ‘A proud father who is fleeing persecution, a mother who wants to give her family a chance – every migrant who risks their lives in … More →

Walking for Water in Ireland…but not for the reasons you might think!

On a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon this March tens of thousands of protesters descended on the streets of Dublin all in the name of ‘water’. The demonstration, organised by the Right2Water[1] campaign, was part of a wider movement in … More →

Notes from Kampala: “No women!”

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I boarded a plane at Entebbe airport bound for my first stop in Doha. As I approached row 12, I noticed that someone else was sitting in my assigned seat. I politely asked … More →

Saudi Arabian blogger will be flogged, every week for the next 19 weeks

It’s been a startling fortnight for anyone that blogs, writes, doodles or puts pen (and pencil!) to power. This afternoon, inhumane and degrading punishment was scheduled to be carried out on blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia and subsequently will … More →

Radio documentary: The Girls of Kajiado

“The Girls of Kajiado’ tells the story of the young Maasai girls of Southern Kenya and their struggle to remain in education. Their fight represents both a desire to break the bonds of poverty and also a challenge to the … More →

“I am constantly amazed by man’s inhumanity to man”

“I am constantly amazed by man’s inhumanity to man.” ― Primo Levi*, If This Is a Man / The Truce The Holocaust was one of the negative icons of the 20th century. It provided one of the contexts for the rise of … More →

Live at the constitutional convention: debating economic, social and cultural rights for Ireland #ESCrights #ccven

The right to health…the right to education…the right to housing…the right to an adequate standard of living… Can we afford to pay for these human rights? What are the arguments for ESC rights and against ESC rights? Would placing ESC … More →

Debating Human Rights – universal or relative to culture?

For human rights activists, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a sacred document.  Its 30 different articles outline the political, economic, social rights that we are all entitled to – no matter who we are – because … More →

Cartoon of the month: the benefits of migration

Cartoon of the month for February. Visit the cartoons library or check our blogs about migration for more.